Mother Donna's Homily for 5/3/2020
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Delivered By
The Reverend Donna Steckline
Delivered On
May 3, 2020 at 10:00 AM
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Christ Church

Gilbertsville, New York

 

“We will demonstrate God’s unconditional love and forgiveness daily, following the example of His Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”

 

 

www.christchurchgilbertsville.org

 

May 3, 2020

 

Fourth Sunday of Easter

 

 

 

You are invited to pray the following prayer for the presence of the Holy Spirit:

 

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the Hearts of Your faithful and kindle in us the Fire of

Your love. Send forth Your Spirit and we shall be recreated-And You will

renew the face of the earth.

 

O God, Who did instruct the hearts of Your faithful people by the Light of

Your Holy Spirit, grant that by the same Spirit we may be truly wise and ever

rejoice in His consolation. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Our prayer today is that this special time of worship will be a time when you truly

feel closer to God and that through the experience of both Word and Sacrament

you will come into the presence of the saving love of Jesus Christ.

 

BE STILL AND KNOW…

 

BEFORE THE LITURGY, IN SILENCE, TALK TO GOD

 

DURING THE LITURGY, LET GOD SPEAK TO YOU

 

AFTER THE LITURGY, SPEAK TO ONE ANOTHER

 

 

Opening Hymn: B 182 Christ Is Alive!

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Celebrant Alleluia, Christ is risen!
People the Lord is risen indeed, alleluia!

The Celebrant says:

 

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known,

and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our

hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may

perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name;

through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Hymn of Praise: B-S280 Gloria

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Glory to God in the highest,

and peace to his people on earth.

 

Lord God, heavenly King,

almighty God and Father,

we worship you, we give you thanks,

we praise you for your glory.

 

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,

Lord God, Lamb of God,

you take away the sin of the world:

have mercy on us;

you are seated at the right hand of the Father:

receive our prayer.

 

For you alone are the Holy One,

you alone are the Lord,

you alone are the Most High,

Jesus Christ,

with the Holy Spirit,

in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

The Lord be with you

And also with you

Let us pray:

O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people: Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Please be seated for the reading of God’s word

 

The first reading is from the book of Acts 2:42-47

 

All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer.

A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.

 

Reader: The Word of the Lord

 

Response: Thanks be to God

 

Psalm 23

 

1 The Lord is my shepherd; *

I shall not be in want.

 

2 He makes me lie down in green pastures *

and leads me beside still waters.

3 He revives my soul *

and guides me along right pathways for his Name’s sake.

 

4 Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I shall fear no evil; *

for you are with me;

your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

 

5 You spread a table before me in the presence of those

who trouble me; *

you have anointed my head with oil,

and my cup is running over.

 

6 Surely your goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days

of my life, *

and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

 

The second reading is from 1 Peter 2:19-25

For God is pleased when, conscious of his will, you patiently endure unjust treatment.

Of course, you get no credit for being patient if you are beaten for doing wrong. But if you suffer for doing good and endure it patiently, God is pleased with you.

For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered[a] for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps.

He never sinned,
nor ever deceived anyone.[b]
He did not retaliate when he was insulted,
nor threaten revenge when he suffered.
He left his case in the hands of God,
who always judges fairly.
He personally carried our sins
in his body on the cross
so that we can be dead to sin
and live for what is right.
By his wounds
you are healed. Once you were like sheep
who wandered away.
But now you have turned to your Shepherd,
the Guardian of your souls.

Reader: The Word of the Lord

Response: Thanks be to God

Sequence Hymn: B 343 - Shepherd of Souls, Refresh and Bless

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The Lord be with you

And also with you

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John 10:1-10.

 

Glory to you Lord Christ

“I tell you the truth, anyone who sneaks over the wall of a sheepfold, rather than going through the gate, must surely be a thief and a robber! But the one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep recognize his voice and come to him. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. After he has gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice. They won’t follow a stranger; they will run from him because they don’t know his voice.”

Those who heard Jesus use this illustration didn’t understand what he meant, so he explained it to them: “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me were thieves and robbers. But the true sheep did not listen to them. Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures. The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.

Celebrant: The Gospel of the Lord.

People : Praise to you Lord Christ

The Homily : The Reverend Donna Steckline

A moment of silent reflection follows…

 

As the family of God, together let us profess our faith in the words of the Nicene Creed

(You’re invited to stand) BCP p.358


We believe in one God,

the Father, the Almighty,

maker of heaven and earth,

of all that is, seen and unseen.

 

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

the only Son of God,

eternally begotten of the Father,

God from God, Light from Light,

true God from true God,

begotten, not made,

of one Being with the Father.

Through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation

he came down from heaven:

by the power of the Holy Spirit

he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,

and was made man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

  1. suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again

in accordance with the Scriptures;

he ascended into heaven

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,

and his kingdom will have no end.

 

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,

who proceeds from the Father and the Son.

With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.

He has spoken through the Prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead,

and the life of the world to come. Amen.

 

 

Prayers of the people Form VI

 

The Leader and People pray responsively

Leader: In peace, we pray to you, Lord God.

 

Silence

 

Leader: For all people in their daily life and work;

People: For our families, friends, and neighbors, and for those who

are alone.

 

Leader: For this community, the nation, and the world;

People: For all who work for justice, freedom, and peace.

 

Leader: For the just and proper use of your creation;

People: For the victims of hunger, fear, injustice, and oppression.

 

Leader: For all who are in danger, sorrow, or any kind of trouble;

People: For those who minister to the sick, the friendless, and the

needy.

 

Leader: For the peace and unity of the Church of God;

People: For all who proclaim the Gospel, and all who seek the Truth.

Leader: We pray for our Leaders: Michael our Presiding Bishop, William our Bishop, Donna our Priest; for Archbishop Justin and Bishop Moses in South Sudan; for all Bishops, Priests and Deacons and all who are called to your service.

People: For all who serve God in his Church.

Leader: Lord, Guide us at Christ Church as we discern our way forward in search of our new Shepherd. Give us your chosen person to move us forward and prepare the way for them to join in our fellowship.

People: That we may hear and follow your guidance.

Leader: Lord, we ask that you would stop the spread of the Corona virus. Protect all those who respond to the ill, and care for them. Keep us healthy and strong Lord as we follow you. Provide for the necessary equipment, medicines, and supplies to keep everyone safe and healthy. Lord we ask for patience and forbearance as we await the ‘all clear’ to join together again. Give our leaders your discernment in guiding our country.

People: We believe Lord, help our unbelief.

 

Leader: For the special needs and concerns of this congregation.

 

Silence

 

Leader: Hear us, Lord;

People: For your mercy is great.

Leader: We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of this life.

 

Silence

 

The People may add their own thanksgivings

 

Leader: We will exalt you, O God our King;

People: And praise your Name for ever and ever.

 

Leader: We pray for all who have died, that they may have a place in

your eternal kingdom.

 

Silence

 

The People may add their own petitions

 

Leader: Lord, let your loving‑kindness be upon them;

People: Who put their trust in you.

Lord help us to boldly demonstrate Your unconditional love and forgiveness daily, following the example of Your Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. AMEN

 

The Celebrant: Almighty and eternal God, ruler of all things in heaven and earth: Mercifully accept the prayers of your people, and strengthen us to do your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

The Peace

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

 

People And also with you.

The people may greet one another in the name of our Lord

 

Birthday and Anniversary Celebrations:

 

Offertory sentence: I appeal to you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present yourselves as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. (Romans 12:1)

 

Offertory Hymn: G 683 The King of Love My Shepherd

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Please remember to mail in your stewardship offerings.

The church needs to maintain our normal operations and without your offerings we will not be able to do so.

Please mail to: Christ Church Po Box 345 Gilbertsville, NY 13776

 

The celebrant receives the people’s offering as the doxology is sung:

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Praise God from whom all blessings flow

Praise Him all creatures here below

Praise Him above ye heavenly hosts

Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost

AMEN

 

All things come from you, O Lord, and of your own have we given you. AMEN

(1 Chronicles 29:14)

 

And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to pray:

 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God Almighty Father, Son and Holy Spirit be among you and remain with you forever. AMEN

 

Closing Hymn: B 495 - Hail, Thou Once Despised Jesus!

 

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Celebrant: Alleluia! Alleluia! Let us go forth in the name of Christ.

People: Thanks be to God. Alleluia! Alleluia!

Bulletin Notices:

 

 

May 3, 2020

Fourth Sunday of Easter

May 10, 2020

Fifth Sunday of Easter

Acts 2:42-47

Acts 7:55-60

Psalm 23

Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16

1 Peter 2:19-25

1 Peter 2:2-10

John 10:1-10

John 14:1-14

     

 

All Bible Studies, meetings and gatherings are postponed for the indefinite future. Please stay tuned in for further instructions. We will post as we have more information. As we go forward, we will continue to post bulletins with the portion of the service along with music and a sermon or meditation and announcements. Please continue to draw close to God and He will draw close to you. Any questions or needs contact mail Mtr. Donna or the vestry as printed in the bulletin.

 

Christ Church Weekly Homily and Bulletin:

 

Fill your spiritual cup - each Sunday morning, Mother Donna’s Homily and the weekly Bulletin will be sent via e-mail, posted to Christ Church website and announced with link on our Facebook page.

 

If you have trouble opening the attachments in the e-mail, to listen to Mother Donna's homily and view bulletin:

  1. Go to our website: https://christchurchgville.org/
  2. Click on the Sermons tab
  3. Click on "Mother Donna's Homily for the appropriate date for the sermon you wish to hear.”
  4. Click on the attachment for bulletin

 

 

 



Comments

05-03-2020 at 4:55 AM
Gail Ashley
Mother Donna, A heartfelt sermon. Christ Church has been blessed by the Stecklines for the past 27 years. You all will be missed. I do know that the Lord is with Christ Church and will lead s forward. We must trust in him. God speed and safe travels,
Gl
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